Teach Problem Solving Through “Design Thinking”

 In Indiana

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Design thinking? What’s that? Is design thinking a way of thinking with the use of graphic design, drawing, or painting? Although that is a good guess, design thinking involves so much more!

Design thinking is a human-centered approach or solution to creative problem-solving. It is a process or mindset that helps individuals gain insights and flourishes new ideas and creativity. This type of methodology is an approach that creates a solution to a problem with empathy at the core of the solution.

This process can be used in STE(A)M courses and activities, makerspace labs, the K-12 classroom and in higher education. Students at schools such as Stanford University, Ball State University, and Montgomery Community College have used design thinking in order to create solutions to problems. According to Holly Morris and Greg Warman, authors of, “Using Design Thinking in Higher Education,” Ball State’s design team created an app with its goal to “encourage Pell Grant students to practice behaviors associated with higher retention and graduation rates.”

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The design team sketched its prototype, received feedback from students, and was able to gather insight based on the student’s feedback.
Design thinking is a creative problem-solving process that may sound complex, so let’s explore this new thinking a little more and understand what it’s all about by tackling its stages.

1. Empathize
– As one of the most important steps, empathy causes us to generate insight as well as to gather a deeper understanding of the problem.

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